Sensing that he would be sacked at the convention, Sherrif , who was initially optimistic that he would be elected, had quickly called off the national convention of the party earlier in the day. A former Anambra governor, Ben Obi, was also appointed interim secretary of the party. The committee will be place for three months.
The PDP took the decision on Saturday as part of efforts to resolve the crises the party is facing, party officials. Meanwhile, the party’s scheduled national convention in Port Harcourt was cancelled, as a faction of the party conducted a parallel convention in Abuja same day. Some of the leaders of the party expressed the view that “efforts should be made to resolve all differences with the Jerry Gana group before a fresh national convention is held”. The leadership which comprised of PDP governors and other eminent members of PDP agreed to name an interim committee to replace the National Working Committee, pending the election of new NWC members.
Some leaders of the Peoples Democratic Party loyal to the Jerry Gana-led faction have dismissed the caretaker committee set up Saturday by the party in Port Harcourt as “unconstitutional”, saying only the party’s Board of Trustees is legally mandated to take over the party whenever there is a vacuum.
The leaders spoke at a press briefing at the residence of a former deputy senate president, Ibrahim Mantu, in Abuja.
At the briefing, which was addressed by Mr. Mantu and Tanimu Turaki, a former Minister of Special Duties, the leaders said they had been vindicated by what happened in Port Harcourt on Saturday.
They warned that the decision to set up a caretaker committee instead of allowing the BoT to pilot the affairs of the party could further deepen the division within the party’s ranks.